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Local Connection: P-20 Partnerships

By Rick Blangiardi

It's hard to be proud of the fact that only 44 percent of Hawaii's working adults from 25 to 64 years old have a two- or four-year degree.

What's worse is that 70 percent of jobs here in the state by 2020 will require some college. That means 26 percent won't have the education needed for a good job.

Thankfully, the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education is working on getting 55 percent of the workforce in that age group a degree by 2025. Thus the name 55 by 25.

It's a daunting task but one that is supported by the Executive Office on Early Learning, the state Department of Education and the University of Hawaii system.

One out of three third-grade students is not reading at grade level. One in four teens will drop out before earning a high-school degree. About 6,000 students drop out of high school each year. And only half of the students who enter
the University of Hawaii will graduate within six years.

What can you do about this? Start by visiting 55by25.org and learn the sobering facts about the lack of a college education by many of our adults. 

Sign the pledge to support the initiative and get some e-mail tips on what you can do
to achieve this goal. While you are on the Web site, enjoy a scavenger hunt and win some education-related prizes.

But mostly, educate yourself about the state of education and do what you can to help your friends and family get those valuable degrees.

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